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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Karan French

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Karan is a senior researcher at the Dog Food Advisor, working closely with our in-house pet nutritionist, Laura Ward, to give pet parents all the information they need to find the best food for their dog.

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Updated: June 4, 2024

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Laura Ward

Pet Nutritionist

Laura studied BSc (Hons) Animal Science with an accreditation in Nutrition at the University of Nottingham, before working for eight years in the pet food and nutrition industry.

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Puppy owners love to askā€¦

Whatā€™s the Best Dry Food for Puppies?

But how could a one-size-fits-all dry dog food be ā€œbestā€ for every puppy?

After allā€¦

There are 2 different TYPES of dry puppy food.

One designed for large breed puppies.

And another for smaller breeds.

Unfortunatelyā€¦

Choosing the wrong food (one that contains too much calcium) could cause permanent bone damage to your pup.1 2 3

Including a crippling form of hip dysplasia.

Especially for larger breeds.

Which is why we urge you to choose a food thatā€™s designed to be safe for YOUR dogā€™s breed size.

Whatā€™s Your Puppyā€™s Breed Size?

Large breed puppies are those whose adult weight is expected to be more than 50 pounds.

Nowā€¦

Because larger breeds are at greater risk for hip dysplasiaā€¦

And since small and medium breeds can safely eat a wider selection of dry dog foodā€¦

The Dog Food Advisor has created a special list of foods that are best for EACH breed size.

On the list below, weā€™ve included both grain-inclusive and grain-free recipes to satisfy your personal feeding preferences.

The Dog Food Advisor - Editor's choice

Top 20 Best Dry Puppy Foods June 2024

Here are The Dog Food Advisorā€™sĀ top 20 best dry puppy foodsĀ for June 2024.

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Sources

1: Lauten SD, Nutritional Risks to Large Breed Dogs: From Weaning to the Geriatric Years, Vet Clin Small Anim 36 (2006) 1345ā€“1359.

2: Richardson, Skeletal diseases of the growing dog: Nutritional influences and the role of diet, Canine Hip Dysplasia: A Symposium Held at Western Veterinary Conference, 1995

3: Hazewinkel HAW. Nutrition in relation to skeletal growth deformities. J Sm Anim Practice. 1989; 30:525-630

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